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Top Coffee Shops in Toronto

August 25, 2015
Coffee Shops in Toronto

Photo Credit: Sam James Coffee Bar

Sometimes, you need the professionals to take care of your morning pick-me-up, aka that really strong coffee or espresso to get you ready for the day. Even though you have a coffee maker in your furnished rental in Toronto, going out for a coffee is a great way to explore a new neighbourhood or connect with the local community. We’ve rounded up our favourite coffee shops in Toronto –  for both quality of coffee and ambiance.

Coffee Shops in Toronto

Photo Credit: Ryan Fung

1. Odin and Thor Espresso The Scandinavian inspired coffee house, Thor, located at Bathurst and Wellington near many of our downtown properties, serves up strong espresso and treats to go. It recently got a new sibling, Odin, in the developing neighbourhood of Corktown. Odin’s minimalist designed space is a treat for fans of architecture and of course, coffee. The difference at Odin, however, is that there are more food options as well as a chance to have a drink later in the evening. Watch their space for different events throughout the year, check out the new patio, or purchase locally-inspired swag.

2. Boxcar Social Over a year into the game, these coffee experts located in Rosedale have already opened up a second location in Riverside. What’s fun about this place is that their selections change all the time. Don’t know what you want? Try one of their coffee flights. Want to go next level? Try a whiskey and coffee flight. At night, their spaces transform into a wine bar. It’s a great place to work and socialize.

Coffee Shops in Toronto

Photo Credit: Ryan Fung

3. Tandem Michie Yamamoto, who used to work at Rooster Coffeehouse, has opened up this cute cafe with her husband in Corktown, just east of Parliament. For strong espresso shots, you can currently select from suppliers Pig Iron, Cut Coffee, or Detour. It’s a great pitstop to the Distillery District.

4. Fareinheit. Located on the edge of the Financial District, these award-winning baristas know their coffee and if you need to grab and go, they’ll get your expertly pulled americano or cortados with a smile. Try any one of their choices from Pilot like the silky Diablo beans or Ethiopian selection. Stay for the energy-inducing dance music.

Coffee Shops in Toronto

Photo Credit: Sam James Coffee Bar

5. The Common Now with three locations (it’s most central in the Annex), come for the $2 americano. Stay for the rustic atmosphere. Come back for the Rufino and Mountain View beans.

6. Sam James Coffee Bar Back when he was a barista at Hank’s and Dark Horse, Sam James has moved up the ranks as one of Toronto’s best baristas and making a name for himself with his eponymous cafe now with 5 locations. Serving the Cut Coffee brand, SJCB serves up espresso based drinks from macchiatos to mocha lattes. Every shop minus the Coffee Pocket serves rotating single origins as brewed drip coffee. If you’re on the go, this is your daily pick-me-up.

7. Te Aro One of Pilot Cofee Roaster’s cafes, the industrialized garage space serves up some perfectly executed coffee and is now known for Toronto’s best cold coffee. Te Aro is also the only cafe in Toronto that pulls coffee from a tap. Worth the trip to Leslieville to stock up on beans for your furnished rental or to sit with a cup in hand and watch people walking by on their expansive streetside patio.

8. Manic One of the pioneers in Toronto’s coffee scene, Manic still continues to pump out some of the best espresso in the city. They were also one of the first shops to perfect latte art. There’s no wifi here so it’s an ideal place to read a book or catch up with friends. They also serve gelato if you’re looking for something frozen and sweet.

Photo Credit :Rooster Coffee

9. Jimmy’s This tiny spot at Portland and King has become so popular, it now has three locations. It’s the place to get a strong cup of joe quick.

10. Rooster Coffee Not only does Rooster have one of the most scenic spots in the city to get your espresso at their Broadview location, they also have some of the best coffee. If you’re working or living closer to their King Street location, it’s a great place for business meetings or to savour over their custom Pilot blends or single origin beans. Stay tuned for a third location soon!

What are your favourite coffee shops in Toronto?

Business Travel, Downtown Toronto, Lifestyle talk, Toronto Family Travel

Getting Around Toronto

July 27, 2015

Taking TransitToronto is a huge city and it has an extensive transit system, making it very easy to get around without a vehicle. It is the third most heavily used transit system in North America, after Mexico City and New York City. Here are some of the different options that are available to you when it comes to getting around Toronto:

TTC – Buses and Subway
The Toronto Transit Commission operates streetcars, transit buses and rapid transit services all over the city of Toronto. The buses are the main aspect of the TTC operations and they travel to numerous routes throughout the city. Getting around Toronto is also easy via the Toronto rapid transit system, which consists of three subway lines and a partly elevated light metro line.

Go Train
The Go Network of buses and trains extends all over the Great Toronto area. There are seven rail lines 042-The-Convenience-of-Living-Directly-Beside-Kipling-Subway-Stationbranching from Union Station in downtown Toronto and these lines connect with all other transit systems in the area, including the TTC. You can use the Triplinx planner to help you connect the dots and plan your trip.

Cabs
It’s not difficult to find a taxi in Toronto, but they are not the most affordable option. Also, taking a taxi in the downtown might sometimes take longer than transit, due to the traffic.

Via Rail
Union Station is one of the grandest and mosGetting Around Torontot beautiful train stations in North America and from here you can find many trains to take you from Toronto to other nearby destinations including Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Windsor, Buffalo, Albany and New York City.

Street Cars
Toronto has one of the few remaining streetcar systems in North America and these cars have been operating in the city since the mid-19th century. The streetcar routes generally operate in the downtown area.

Bike Share Toronto
Toronto also offers a bike share system, an economic and environmentally friendly way to get around the Getting Around Torontodowntown. You can simply purchase a membership online and then take a bike from any station. Ride your bike wherever you like, then return it to any station.

Car Rentals
You might consider renting a car to get around Toronto, although be aware that traffic congestion can be very serious, especially during rush hour. If you want to park your car downtown there are many garages, which can be found by looking for the green “P” signs.

Car Sharing
Toronto also has a number of car sharing programs, such as ZipCars and Car2Go. You can search for a vehicle in your area, use our member car to open it up, drive it wherever you need to go, then park it again when you are done. This transit option makes a lot of sense – it is there only when you need it but you are not responsible for making car payments or worrying about the cost of gas.

These are just a few simple ways that you can get around when you are staying in your furnished condo rental in Toronto.

 

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Our Top 5 New Places to Eat in Toronto Now

June 18, 2015

Places to Eat in TorontoOver the past 8 years, Toronto has rapidly risen its reputation as one of the best cities in the world in which to live, mainly in part due to becoming a destination for a variety of quality restaurants that range in tastes, cultures, and flavours. The best part? They are in short distance of your furnished rental in the metropolis. 2015 has been an exceptional year for many anticipated openings. Here are our favourite eateries and places to eat in Toronto this year, thus far.

1. Bar Raval
Following his success at one of our top ten favourite restaurants, Bar Isabel, Chef Grant van Gameren’s Bar Raval was most anticipated opening of the year and it has not disappointed his loyal following. Those who have ever had to wait for a seat at Bar Isabel can now chow down on Gameren’s Places to Eat in Toronto pinxtos at his stand up bar, morning, noon, and night. The shrimp and cream pinxtos and the Galician octopus are standout dishes. As much as the bar is adored for the food, the architecture by the firm, Partisans, is just as much of a highlight with its all encompassing wooden curves, bars, and peek-a-boo hideouts.

2. La Carnita Eastside
The neighbourhood of Leslieville has embraced La Carnita’s second location in the east and it’s a quick streetcar ride over the bridge across the Don River from your furnished apartment in Toronto. The funky Mexican eatery is serving up the classics like their fish tacos and feature daily specials which range from arctic char and chicken tostadas to shrimp tacos.

Places to Eat in Toronto3. Dailo
Easily walkable from our downtown furnished suites, Dailo is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion. The Asian-American infused menu bursts with flavour and texture. Try the fried watermelon, the shrimp and the crispy Argentenian red shrimp served with kimchi grits, and tom yum buerre blanc. The 90 day aged rib eye from Oliffe butchers is served with bok choy, radish, soy pickled mushroom, and Asian chimichurri. It is great to share with a group and well worth the indulgence.

4. R&D
This brand new restaurant on Spadina from Masterchef Canada winner, Eric Chong and his mentor, Alvin Places to Eat in TorontoLeung, is breathing new life for experimentation in the old Strada 241.You’ll be hungry after a short walk from our properties such as the Icon, 300 Front St. and the Element. The Peking duck and lobster chow mein were some of the twists on Chong’s dishes he made for the competition show and getting rave reviews.

5. Furlough
In the heart of West Queen West, the French style bistro from BarChef’s Frankie Solarik was one of Toronto’s most anticipated restaurant openings of the year. Solarik’s carefully crafted cocktails are listed alongside an extensive wine list. Bon Appeetit!

What are your favourite new restaurants and places to eat in Toronto? What are your favourite places near your DelSuites home away from home?

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Advantages to Living in a Furnished Condo

June 12, 2015

Living in a Furnished CondoMoving into a new place or city can elicit both emotions of excitement and anxiety, especially if it is unfurnished. There can be an additional consideration given to decorating your own place. This transition can be fraught with feeling overwhelmed, especially if you are relocating to Toronto or if you have been displaced from your home due to a fire or flood. The advantage of staying with DelSuites is that our apartments and townhomes are furnished in modern decor as with an efficient and practical layout. HereLiving in a Furnished Condo are a few more advantages of living in a furnished condo and what you can expect from our award-winning services:

1. No worries. Having a furnished rental means you are relieved of the worries associated with furnishing. No moving. No worrying about decor or dimensions. No moving costs or having to figure out who will help you move. From airport pick up and drop off to taking care of your family needs, Delsuites makes you feel at home, stress free!

2. Everything is set up for you. Delsuites furnished suites are all designed with modern decor. Everything is set up according to the dimensions of the apartment. This way, if you’re not of a design mindset, we’ve hired the experts to mLiving in a Furnished Condoake sure where you live is comfortable, easy, stylishing and relaxed. You also don’t have to worry about buying anything else because it’s already been done! (Not to mention that your bed is already made for you!)

3. Housekeeping included. One of the big advantages of living in a furnished condo is that if you are busy and on the go, whether you’re an executive or traveling for leisure, is our housekeeping services. Once aLiving in a Furnished Condo week, at a scheduled time, your apartment will be cleaned and tidy. Another bonus is that you don’t have to do your laundry anywhere either. It’s ensuite!

4. Ease of Meeting Neighbours. Since you are located in a property with various amenities like a fitness centre, outdoor deck and swimming pool, or party/billiards room, it is quite easy to encounter and befriend your neighbours. Many of our clients may be in similar situations such as relocation or displacement so it will be easier to bond over these shared situations.

5. All Inclusive Rates. Delsuites has all-inclusive rates so you’ll also get other amenities included in your rental including 24/hour security, an exercise/party room, and with many properties, an outdoor pool or lounge (not to mention being located in central and accessible locations, as per our above points).

Do you like living in a furnished condo, or rental? Why?

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Under the Radar Cities to Visit in the USA

April 14, 2015

Toronto is a great hub to our neighbour to the south but sometimes the more popular cities are just too…popular or expensive. While you’re in Toronto for a short or long term stay, we found these cities to visit in the USA that are quick jaunts which are alternative destinations to the more celebrated cities you may know and love.

Cities to Visit in the USA  1. If you like San Francisco, try San Diego You can still leave your heart in San Francisco but if you want a change of pace, go south of Los Angeles to San Diego. There’s tons of surf, sunshine, and fish tacos; the ideal combination for an idyllic getaway. As a stopover it’s much closer to cruise port destinations like Mexico. Plus, there’s over 90 craft breweries in the city. If you’re with the family, there’s plenty to such as exploring Legoland, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and whale watching (over 20,000 whales migrate here from December to April.)

2. If you like Nashville, try Savannah  though Tennessee is experiencing a Cities to Visit in the USA resurgence beyond Music City (we even named it one of our top destinations for 2015). Home to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), the city is full of design shops and good eats, just like Nashville. Affordable hotel and flight packages are also in reach so you can stroll amongst the oak trees and fountains, the ideal weekend getaway that may not be as busy as Nashville.

3. If you like New York City, try New Orleans We’ll admit that there really is no place like NYC in the United States but as an alternate destination full of great Cities to Visit in the USAfood, lively entertainment, great shops, and strong cocktails, New Orleans is a great second choice. Likely, it may be friendlier on your wallet and an opportunity to continue to support its residents 11 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Check out its food and drink festivals like the French Quarter Festival in April; the New Orleans Wine and Food Festival, May 20-23; the Oyster festival on May 30, and the boozy Tales of the Cocktail festival in July, which attracts the nation’s best bartenders.

4. If you like Austin, try Oklahoma City Twenty years ago, the only thing Oklahoma City was known for was its downtown bombings. Now, it’s on the verge of attracting a similar young and vibrant demographic to Austin or Portland (Oregon). Artistic types will love the Paseo Arts and DeadCenter film festival in May and June, respectively, without the big crowds and high prices of Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival phenomenon. In late May, don’t miss out on the H&8th night festival, where live music and food trucks merge together for one night. And if you think you’re missing out on that famous Texan BBQ, chow down on Backdoor BBQ’s “Beastwich,” for fare compare. An hour drive from OKC is the BBQ ‘N Blues festival in Cushing, not something that would be unlikely in Austin. OKC may be the weekend escape you’re looking for this summer that’s a bit closer to your home away from home in Toronto.

5. If you like Portland, try Detroit Though Portland, Oregon easily wins our hearts for its enviable food and beer scene (and Cities to Visit in the USA  multitude of food trucks); easy navigation, and quirky characters, Detroit can offer the same experience without the plane ticket if you’re staying with us for a short or long term stay in Toronto. It has a thriving microbrewery scene; an art scene and many abandoned buildings that are great for photographers; and quaint neighbourhoods like Corktown, home to boutique hotels like Honor & Folly. Give it a try. You might be surprised!

What’s your favourite under-the-radar cities to visit in the USA? Where would you like to travel to in the United States this summer?